HR Tech is just around the corner, and while you’re probably busy planning your conference schedule, we all know the real fun starts when the sessions end. Whether it’s your first time in Vegas or you’re an old pro, it’s an exciting city to take in for a few days. (And I do mean a few days. Weird things happen when you’re in Vegas too long.)
Take a look at the top 10 things to do in Vegas before, after and between HR Tech sessions, happy hours and parties.
1. Take In A View From The Top
If you’re not afraid of heights, or if you are but you’ve had a couple of drinks, hop on The High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel. It’s at The Linq Hotel and Casino and you can ride during the day or at night, but a sunset or nighttime ride are your best bets.
2. Do Some International Shopping
Leave some extra room in your suitcase, because you’re probably going to want to do some shopping in Vegas. To shop and be transported to another world at the same time, head to The Forum Shops at Caesars or The Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian and The Palazzo. These places make the average shopping mall look just plain sad.
3. Fremont Street Experience
If you come to visit and don’t visit Fremont Street, you’re selling Vegas short! Break away from the craziness of The Strip and head to the old downtown area for a slower-paced, lower-priced afternoon or night. Grab a giant drink in the shape of a showgirl, boot or guitar, take a ride on the SlotZilla Zipline (worth it!) or find a craps table and feel like an old school badass in one of Vegas’ original casinos.
4. Take A Road Trip
There’s plenty to do right in Vegas, but if you’re coming to the city early or staying after the conference ends, make a short road trip part of your itinerary. If you have the better part of a day to spare, rent a car and take a trip to the Grand Canyon West Rim where you can venture out onto the glass-floor overlook that’s suspended 4,000 feet above the riverbed. It takes about two and a half hours to get to the Grand Canyon Skywalk if you’re coming from the strip, but Vegas is the closest that many of us will ever get to the Grand Canyon and it’s worth the drive.
If you’re looking for something a little more local, drive 40 minutes to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for gorgeous views and a much-needed dose of nature after a couple of days in Vegas.
5. Visit A Museum You’d Only Find In Vegas
Vegas is home of the weird and the wild, and that’s true of their museums too. Leave the art gallery trips for your next vacation and spend some time browsing burlesque wear, mob memorabilia or Titanic artifacts instead. Where else can you see all that all in one day?
6. Catch A Show
Vegas is known for its shows, and they live up to the hype. There’s something for everyone, from inexpensive shows like the mind-boggling Mentalist show and the hilariously sexy Zombie Burlesque, to the pricier must sees like Britney: Piece of Me, any of the Cirque du Soleil shows and Absinthe, one if the most unique shows in Vegas right now.
7. Go For A Ride
Vegas isn’t all about gambling and drinking – mostly, yes, but not totally. Step out of the casino and walk to The Stratosphere for rides that may just give you a heart attack. You can be shot 160 feet in the air on the Big Shot, hurled towards The Strip on X-Scream or even jump off the side of the tower, if you’re into that sort of thing. If none of those sound remotely appealing, visit the roller coaster at New York New York for a fun, tame experience.
8. Spend Time Poolside
You’re in Vegas, where it happens to still be in the 90s, even in October! Soak it in poolside before you head back to the real world. Poolside drink and towel service makes any Vegas Strip hotel a decent option, but if you have a chance to visit the pools at The Aria, The Palazzo or The Palms, do it.
9. Be A Little Cliché
Whether the word “tourist” makes you cringe or brings up fond thoughts of guided tours, there are some places in Vegas that you just have to see. They’re cliché for a reason, so swing by The Fountains at The Bellagio for a water show that costs nothing and is absolutely spectacular, visit M&M world and buy way more chocolate than you need, head to the south end of the strip and take a picture with the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and walk down the street marveling at all the ridiculous hotel facades.
10. See It All In Comfort
You’ve only got a few days in Vegas, so if you want to see it all without walking marathon distances, hop on a bus and let a tour guide do the work. You’ll hit all the places you really wanted to see, plus a few you probably wouldn’t have known about on your own.
Watch for more insider secrets for conquering the #HRTechConf on the TalentObjects blog in the next week.